July 23, 2019
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with sadness that I report to you the death of the Rev. William M. Wittig on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Serenity Hospice in Oregon, Illinois.
Pastor Wittig was born June 29, 1925, in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, and married Isabelle Nelson on August 6, 1949. Pastor Wittig graduated from Carthage College, then located in Carthage, Illinois in 1945. He later graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, in 1949.
Pastor Wittig was ordained June 12, 1949, by the American Lutheran Church and began his ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church, Chenoa, Illinois, where he served from 1949-1960. For the next thirty-six years, Pastor Wittig served in active ministry the following congregations: American Lutheran Church, Rantoul, Illinois, 1960-1963; St. John Lutheran Church, Peoria, Illinois, 1963-1973; Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Rockford, Illinois, 1973-1978; St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lima, Ohio, 1978 – 1992; and St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, and St. John Lutheran Church, Briceton, both of Ohio, 1992 – 1997. Pastor Wittig retired in 1997. After spending several years of retirement in California, Pastor Wittig and Isabelle moved to Byron, Illinois, in 2004. Until Isabelle’s death in 2013, both were active in Synod ministries including Global Mission and congregational ministry at their congregation of membership, All Saints, Byron. Pastor Wittig also provided pulpit supply around the area until recently. He received a certificate after the most recent Synod Assembly celebrating 70 years of rostered ministry.
Visitation will be Friday, July 26, 2019, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 West Merchant Street, Byron. There will be additional visitation from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at All Saints Lutheran Church, 624 Luther Lane, Byron, prior to the funeral service, being held at 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church,. Rostered ministers are invited to vest and process. The color of the day is green. Arrangements are being handled by Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home.https://www.farrellhollandgale.com/obituary/william-andquot-billandquot-wittig
As the church, we offer our sympathy to his family and friends and because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we rejoice in God’s promise of eternal life, comfort, and hope.
Walking with you,
The Rev. Jeffrey Clements
Northern Illinois Synod
103 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61101
Phone: (815) 964-9934
Fax: (815) 964-2295